30+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) was founded more than 30 years ago to offer educational adventures at-sea for youth from under-resourced communities, with a focus on character-building and skill-building opportunities through sail training. We continue to provide this – and more – as we sail into our third decade on the water!

AWARD-WINNING YOUTH PROGRAMS

Our TopSail Youth and TopSail STEM Programs continue to win awards and accolades from the education community, government leaders, and the maritime industry for our approach to leadership training, experiential education, and our ability to inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM-related subjects and maritime trades.

THE OFFICIAL TALL SHIPS

Our purpose-built vessels – the twin brigantines, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson – and their young crews were proclaimed the “Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles” by the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles at their launch in 2002. Our three-masted schooner, American Pride, was named the “Official Tall Ship of the City of Long Beach” before we acquired her in 2018.

OPTIONS GALORE

You may be an educator looking to engage your class through our Virtual Voyage digital classes. You may be thinking to book a day sail for a field trip, to celebrate a special occasion, or create a leadership experience for your team or conference attendees. Our range of sailing and dockside options are what we’re known for – and help us continue to provide educational programs to local youth.

Welcome to the Los Angeles Maritime Institute!

Taking the helm
The twin brigantines and American Pride
Climbing the rig

About Us

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses hands-on experiences at sea to provide an array of social, educational and leadership development opportunities to upper elementary, middle and high school students throughout Los Angeles County. Our TopSail Youth Program is offered year-round aboard the tall ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, 110-foot traditionally rigged vessels named after sail training pioneers who sailed around the world seven times with young crews, and American Pride, a majestic 130-foot, three-masted schooner with a rich sailing history.

We offer:

  • Day programs and multi-day voyages
  • Leadership development and problem-solving
  • Hands-on STEM learning
  • Maritime skill-building
  • Sea-time certification
  • Boat building
  • Private charters
  • Community sails
  • Sea Scouts/Youth Crew
  • Volunteer opportunities

MISSION

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels built to train and equip young people with 21st-century leadership skills, and inspire maritime and STEM career paths.

VISION

We envision a thriving community where every young person can look to the future with confidence and navigate successfully and responsibly in life.

PROGRAMS

Private charters for special events, team building, film shoots and more!

A VARIETY OF SAILING ADVENTURES AWAIT

FEATURED

Captain’s Log – Winter 2023 Update

A lot has changed in the 31 years since the Los Angeles Maritime Institute was founded, and I am proud to share that in our 30th year, we got closer to providing this immersive experience to the numbers of youth we served pre-pandemic.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March Sunset Sail

Join us to sail the San Pedro Bay as you watch the sunset from the deck of a tall ship! Sunday, March 3, 4:30 – 7:00 pm. $60 – Adults, $30 – Children (12 & under).

Educator Sail

Teachers and Youth Group Leaders – You’re invited to learn more about our program on our next Educator Sail. Thursday, March 21, 4:00 p.m. at Pine Avenue Pier in Rainbow Harbor and aboard Tall Ship American Pride. The Educator Sail is free, but registration is required.